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Title: A prospective study of mitochondrial DNA copy number and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Authors: Lan Q,  Lim U,  Liu CS,  Weinstein SJ,  Chanock S,  Bonner MR,  Virtamo J,  Albanes D,  Rothman N
Journal: Blood
Date: 2008 Nov 15
Branches: OEEB, CGR, MEB
PubMed ID: 18711000
PMC ID: PMC2582005
Abstract: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number is increased in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), in Burkitt lymphoma and Epstein-Barr virus-transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines, and in T cells activated via the T-cell receptor. We hypothesized that having a higher mtDNA copy number in peripheral white blood cell DNA from healthy subjects would be associated with future risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). We analyzed mtDNA copy number in 104 incident male NHL cases and 104 matched controls within the prospective Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene (ATBC) Cancer Prevention cohort. There was a dose-response relationship between tertiles of mtDNA copy number and risk of NHL (odds ratio [OR], 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.0; 1.4 [0.7-2.8]; and 2.4 [1.0-5.5], respectively; P(trend) = .046). The effect was most pronounced for the CLL/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) subtype (OR: 1.0; 3.2 [0.7-15.7]; 14.1 [1.9-103.2]; P(trend) = .009). These results suggest that mtDNA copy number could be associated with the risk of NHL, particularly CLL/SLL.